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Vectors & Scalars

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**Vectors & Scalars Vectors are measurements which have both**

magnitude (size) and a directional component. EXAMPLES OF VECTOR VALUES: Displacement Velocity Acceleration Force Direction counts in all of these measurements. Scalars are measurements which have only magnitude (size) and no directional component EXAMPLES OF SCALAR VALUES: Distance Speed Temperature

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**Comparing Vector & Scalar Values**

Displacement (a vector) versus distance (a scalar) LAKE TRANQUILITY A B We want to get from point A to point B. If we follow the road around the lake our direction is always changing. There is no specific direction. The distance traveled on the road is a scalar quantity. A straight line between A and B is the displacement. It has a specific direction and is therefore a vector.

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**Speed & Velocity VELOCITY + Speed and velocity are not the same.**

Velocity requires a directional component and is therefore a vector quantity. Speed tells us how fast we are going but not which way. Speed is a scalar (direction doesn’t count!) 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 SPEEDOMETER N S E W COMPASS + VELOCITY

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MEASURING MAGNITUDE MAGNITUDE MAY BE MEASURED IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT UNITS DEPENDING UPON WHAT IS BEING MEASURED. FOR DISPLACEMENT IT MAY BE METERS, FEET, MILES ETC. FOR VELOCITY IS MIGHT BE METERS PER SECOND OF FEET PER MINUTE, FOR FORCE, IT COULD BE NEWTONS, DYNES OR POUNDS. THE UNITS FOR MAGNITUDE DEPEND UPON WHAT IS MEASURED WHETHER IT IS A VECTOR OR SCALAR QUANTITY. WHEN INDICATING THE DIRECTIONAL COMPONENT OF A VECTOR, SEVERAL DIFFERENT METHODS OF CITING THE DIRECTION CAN BE USED. THESE INCLUDE DEGREES, RADIANS OR GEOGRAPHIC INDICATORS SUCH AS NORTH, EAST, NORTH NORTHEAST, ETC.

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MEASURING DIRECTION IN ORDER TO MEASURE DIRECTION CORRECTLY A KNOWLEDGE OF COORDINATE GEOMETRY IS REQUIRED. THIS MEANS THE X-Y PLANES WHICH ARE DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS OR QUADRANTS DEPENDING ON THE SIGN OF THE X AND Y AXIS IN THAT QUADRANT. THE QUADRANTS ARE NUMBERED IN THE COUNTERCLOCKWISE DIRECTION STARTING FROM THE + X AXIS (OR DUE EAST). EACH QUADRANT CONTAINS 90 DEGREES AND, OF COURSE, A FULL CIRCLE REPRESENTS 360 DEGREES. ADDITIONALLY, UPWARDS MOTION IS DESIGNATED +, DOWNWARD -, RIGHT MOTION + AND LEFTWARD MOTION -

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**Rectangular Coordinates**

Physics Mathematics Left = - Up = + Down = - Right = + Rectangular Coordinates 90 o North y Quadrant II + Quadrant I - + 0 o East x West 180 o 360 o Quadrant III Quadrant IV - 270 o South

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MEASURING DIRECTION DIRECTION USING THE RECTANGULAR COORDINATE SCALE IS USUALLY REFERENCED FROM THE O DEGREE AXIS BUT ANY REFERENCE MAYBE USED. A MEASUREMENT OF 120O MAYBE RECORDED AS JUST THAT AND WOULD PUT THE VALUE IN QUADRANT II. HOWEVER IT COULD ALSO BE CITED AS A –240O WHICH MEANS ROTATING CLOCKWISE FROM THE + X AXIS THROUGH 240O WHICH WOULD PUT US AT THE EXACT SAME LOCATION. ADDITIONALLY, A MEASUREMENT OF 30O WEST OF NORTH (90O OR VERTICAL) WOULD GIVE THE SAME RESULT. A READING OF 60O NORTH OF WEST WOULD LIKEWISE GIVE THE SAME READING. USING A READING OF 600 ABOVE THE NEGATIVE X AXIS WOULD ALSO GIVE THE SAME RESULT AS WOULD A READING OF 30O LEFT OF THE POSITIVE Y AXIS. THEY ALL MEAN THE SAME THING!

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**MEASURING THE SAME DIRECTION IN DIFFERENT WAYS**

0O East 90O North West 180O 270O South 360O +x +y - x - y 120O -240O 30O West of North 30O Left of +y 60O North of West 60O Above - x

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**MEASURING DIRECTION 360 DEGREES = 2 RADIANS (6.28 RADIANS)**

BESIDES THE USE OF DEGREE MEASUREMENTS AND GEOGRAPHIC MEASUREMENTS, DIRECTION CAN ALSO BE MEASURED IN RADIANS. RADIANS ARE DEFINED AS AN ARC LENGTH DIVIDED BY THE RADIUS LENGTH. A FULL CIRCLE CONTAINS 360O AND ITS CIRCUMFERENCE CAN BER CALCULATED USING CIRCUMFERENCE = ITS DIAMETER TIMES PI (3.14). SINCE THE DIAMETER OF A CIRCLE IS TWICE THE RADIUS, DIVIDING THE ARC LENGTH OR CIRCUMFERENCE ( 2 x RADIUS x PI) BY THE RADIUS WE FIND THAT ARC DIVIDED BY RADIUS FOR ANY CIRCLE IS ALWAYS 2 360 DEGREES = 2 RADIANS (6.28 RADIANS) ONE RADIAN = 57.3 DEGREES

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**Measuring angles in Radians**

RADIANS = ARC LENGTH / RADIUS LENGTH CIRCUMFERENCE OF A CIRCLE = 2 x RADIUS RADIANS IN A CIRCLE = 2 R / R 1 CIRCLE = 2 RADIANS = 360O 1 RADIAN = 360O / 2 = 57.3O /2 radians y Quadrant II + Quadrant I - + 0 radians radians x 2 radians Quadrant III Quadrant IV - 3/2 radians

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**VECTOR NOTATIONS VECTOR NOTATION MAY TAKE SEVERAL DIFFERENT FORMS:**

POLAR FORM INDICATES A MAGNITUDE VALUE AND A DIRECTIONAL VALUE. THE DIRECTION VALUE MAY BE IN DEGREES, RADIANS OR GEOGRAPHIC TERMS. EXAMPLES: O, 14.1 (7/4) RADIANS, 14.1 FEET AT 45O SOUTH OF EAST RECTANGULAR FORM IDENTIFIES THE X-Y COORDINATES OF THE VECTOR. THE VECTOR ITSELF EXTENDS FROM ORIGIN TO THE X-Y POINT. EXAMPLES: 10, -10 (X = +10, Y = -10) THE MAGNITUDE OF THE VECTOR CAN BE FOUND USING THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM (102 + (-102))1/2 = 14.1 THE DIRECTION CAN BE FOUND USING AN INVERSE TANGENT FUNCTION TAN-1 (10/10) = TAN-1 (1.0) = 45O SINCE X IS POSITIVE AND Y IS NEGATIVE THE ANGLE IS -45O AND IS IN QUADRANT IV OR 315O

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**RRECTANGULAR COORDINATES**

VECTOR NOTATIONS 90O North West 180O 270O South 360O +x +y - x - y +10 -10 315O or (7/4) RADIANS -45O or 45O SOUTH OF EAST 0O East RRECTANGULAR COORDINATES 10, (X = +10, Y = -10) PPOLAR COORDINATES O, 14.1 (7/4) RADIANS, 14.1 FEET AT 45O SOUTH OF EAST

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WORKING WITH VECTORS VECTORS CAN BE ADDED OR SUBTRACTED HOWEVER NOT IN THE USUAL ARITHEMATIC MANNER. THE DIRECTIONAL COMPONENTS AS WELL AS THE MAGNITUDE COMPONENTS MUST EACH BE CONSIDERED. THE ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION OF VECTORS CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED USED GRAPHIC METHODS (DRAWING) OR COMPONENT METHODS (MATHEMATICAL). GRAPHICAL ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION REQUIRES THAT EACH VECTOR BE REPRESENTED AS AN ARROW WITH A LENGTH PROPORTIONAL TO THE MAGNITUDE VALUE AND POINTED IN THE PROPER DIRECTION ASSIGNED TO THE VECTOR.

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**GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF VECTORS**

30 45O 30 METERS @ 90O 50 0O VECTOR ARROWS MAY BE DRAWN ANYWHERE ON THE PAGE AS LONG AS THE PROPER LENGTH AND DIRECTION ARE MAINTAINED = 10 METERS SCALE

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**WORKING WITH VECTORS GRAPHIC ADDITION**

VECTORS ARE ADDED GRAPHICALLY BY DRAWING EACH VECTOR TO SCALE AND ORIENTED IN THE PROPER DIRECTION. THE VECTOR ARROWS ARE PLACED HEAD TO TAIL. THE ORDER OF PLACEMENT DOES NOT AFFECT THE RESULT (VECTOR A + VECTOR B = VECTOR B + VECTOR A) THE RESULT OF THE VECTOR ADDITION IS CALLED THE RESULTANT. IT IS MEASURED FROM THE TAIL OF THE FIRST VECTOR ARROW TO THE HEAD OF THE LAST ADDED VECTOR ARROW. THE LENGTH OF THE RESULTANT VECTOR ARROW CAN THEN BE MEASURED AND USING THE SCALE FACTOR CONVERTED TO THE CORRECT MAGNITUDE VALUE. THE DIRECTIONAL COMPONENT CAN BE MEASURED USING A PROTRACTOR.

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**Adding Vectors ALL VECTORS MUST BE DRAWN TO SCALE & POINTED IN**

THE PROPER DIRECTION A D R B C B C A D = A B C D R

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**Drawing Vectors to Scale**

Vector A 30 45O Drawing Vectors to Scale To add the vectors Place them head to tail Vector B 50 0O C Vector C 30 METERS @ 90O A B Angle is measured at 40o SCALE = 10 METERS Resultant = 9 x 10 = 90 meters

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**WORKING WITH VECTORS GRAPHIC SUBTRACTION**

IN ALGEBRA, A – B = A + (-B) OR IN OTHER WORDS, ADDING A NEGATIVE VALUE IS ACTUALLY SUBTRACTION. THIS IS ALSO TRUE IN VECTOR SUBTRACTION. IF WE ADD A NEGATIVE VECTOR B TO VECTOR A THIS IS REALLY SUBTRACTING VECTOR B FROM VECTOR A. VECTOR VALUES CAN BE MADE NEGATIVE BY REVERSING THE VECTOR’S DIRECTION BY 180 DEGREES. IF VECTOR A IS 30 METERS DIRECTED AT 45 DEGREES (QUADRANT I), NEGATIVE VECTOR A IS 30 METERS AT 225 DEGREES (QUADRANT II). Vector A 30 45O Vector - A 30 225O

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**Subtracting Vectors -C -D -C -D A B B R A C = D = + - - = A B C D R**

= A B C D R ( - ) + ( - ) = A B C D R

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VECTOR COMPONENTS AS WE HAVE SEEN TWO OR MORE VECTORS CAN BE ADDED TOGETHER TO GIVE A NEW VECTOR. THEREFORE, ANY VECTOR CAN CONSIDERED TO BE THE SUM OF TWO OR MORE OTHER VECTORS. WHEN A VECTOR IS RESOLVED (MADE) INTO COMPONENTS TWO COMPONENT VECTORS ARE CONSIDERED, ONE LYING IN THE X AXIS PLANE AND THE OTHER LYING IN THE Y AXIS PLANE. THE COMPONENT VECTORS ARE THUS AT RIGHT ANGLES TO EACHOTHER. THE X-Y AXIS COMPONENTS ARE CHOSEN SO THAT RIGHT TRIANGLE TRIGONOMETRY AND THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM CAN BE USED IN THEIR CALCULATION.

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**Vector Components A Y COMPONENT X COMPONENT X COMPONENT Y COMPONENT C**

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VECTOR COMPONENTS VECTOR COMPONENTS CAN BE FOUND MATHEMATICALLY USING SINE AND COSINE FUNCTIONS. RECALL SINE OF AN ANGLE FOR A RIGHT TRIANGLE IS THE SIDE OPPOSITE THE ANGLE DIVIDED BY THE HYPOTENUSE OF THE TRIANGLE AND THE COSINE IS THE SIDE ADJACENT TO THE ANGLE DIVIDED BY THE HYPOTENUSE. USING THESE FACTS, THE X COMPONENT OF THE VECTOR IS CALCULATED BY MULTIPLYING THE COSINE OF THE ANGLE BY THE VECTOR VALUE AND THE Y COMPONENT IS CALCULATED BY MULTIPLYING THE SINE OF THE ANGLE BY THE VECTOR VALUE. ANGULAR VALUES ARE MEASURED FROM 0 DEGREES (DUE EAST OR POSITIVE X) ON THE CARTISIAN COORDINATE SYSTEM.

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**Fundamental Trigonometry**

Sin = A / C C C C A A A Cos = B / C Tan = A / B B B B A RIGHT TRIANGLE

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**Vector Components = COS = COS = SIN = SIN X A Ay Y Bx By**

Ax B = COS = COS Ax A Bx B = SIN = SIN Ay A By B

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VECTOR COMPONENTS THE SIGNS OF THE X AND Y COMPONENTS DEPEND ON WHICH QUADRANT THE VECTOR LIES. VECTORS IN QUADRANT I (0 TO 90 DEGREES) HAVE POSITIVE X AND POSITIVE Y VALUES VECTORS IN QUADRANT II (90 TO 180 DEGREES) HAVE NEGATIVE X VALUES AND POSITIVE Y VALUES. VECTORS IN QUADRANT III (180 TO 270 DEGREES) HAVE NEGATIVE X VALUES AND NEGATIVE Y VALUES. VECTORS IN QUADRANT IV (270 TO 360 DEGREES) HAVE POSITIVE X VALUES AND NEGATIVE Y VALUES.

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**Trig Function Signs - - + - + - Sin Cos Tan Quadrant I + + +**

Quadrant II /2 radians y x + - 0 radians radians 3/2 radians 2 radians 90 o Quadrant III Quadrant IV 0 o 180 o 360 o 270 o

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**VECTOR COMPONENTS = COS = SIN**

Ax A = COS A = SIN Ay WHAT ARE THE X AND Y COMPONENTS OF A VECTOR 40 60O ? AX = 40 METERS x COS 600 = 20 METERS AY = 40 METERS x SIN 600 = 34.6 METERS WHAT ARE THE X AND Y COMPONENTS OF A VECTOR 60 METERS PER 2450 ? BX = 60 M/SEC x COS = M/SEC BY = 60 M/SEC x SIN = M/SEC

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**ADDING & SUBTRACTING VECTORS USING COMPONENTS**

Vector A 30 45O ADD THE FOLLOWING THREE VECTORS USING COMPONENTS RESOLVE EACH INTO X AND Y COMPONENTS Vector B 50 0O V = SIN Vy Vector C 30 METERS @ 90O Vx V = COS

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**ADDING & SUBTRACTING VECTORS USING COMPONENTS**

AX = 30 METERS x COS 450 = 21.2 METERS AY = 30 METERS x SIN 450 = 21.2 METERS BX = 50 METERS x COS 00 = 50 METERS BY = 50 METERS x SIN 00 = 0 METERS CX = 30 METERS x COS 900 = 0 METERS CY = 30 METERS x SIN 900 = 30 METERS

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**(2) ADD THE X COMPONENTS OF EACH VECTOR **

ADD THE Y COMPONENTS OF EACH VECTOR X = SUM OF THE Xs = = +71.2 Y =SUM OF THE Ys = = +51.2 (3) CONSTUCT A NEW RIGHT TRIANGLE USING THE X AS THE BASE AND Y AS THE OPPOSITE SIDE Y = +51.2 X = +71.2 THE HYPOTENUSE IS THE RESULTANT VECTOR

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**(4) USE THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM TO THE LENGTH **

(MAGNITUDE) OF THE RESULTANT VECTOR X = +71.2 Y = +51.2 ANGLE TAN-1 (51.2/71.2) ANGLE = 35.7 O QUADRANT I (+71.2)2 + (+51.2)2 = 87.7 (5) FIND THE ANGLE (DIRECTION) USING INVERSE TANGENT OF THE OPPOSITE SIDE OVER THE ADJACENT SIDE RESULTANT = O

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**SUBTRACTING VECTORS USING COMPONENTS**

Vector A 30 45O A = B C R A + ( ) = B C R Vector A 30 45O Vector B 50 0O - Vector B 50 180O Vector C 30 METERS @ 90O Vector C 30 90O

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RESOLVE EACH INTO X AND Y COMPONENTS AX = 30 METERS x COS 450 = 21.2 METERS AY = 30 METERS x SIN 450 = 21.2 METERS BX = 50 METERS x COS = - 50 METERS BY = 50 METERS x SIN = 0 METERS CX = 30 METERS x COS 900 = 0 METERS CY = 30 METERS x SIN 900 = 30 METERS

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**(2) ADD THE X COMPONENTS OF EACH VECTOR **

ADD THE Y COMPONENTS OF EACH VECTOR X = SUM OF THE Xs = (-50) + 0 = -28.8 Y =SUM OF THE Ys = = +51.2 (3) CONSTUCT A NEW RIGHT TRIANGLE USING THE X AS THE BASE AND Y AS THE OPPOSITE SIDE Y = +51.2 X = -28.8 THE HYPOTENUSE IS THE RESULTANT VECTOR

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**(4) USE THE PYTHAGOREAN THEOREM TO THE LENGTH **

(MAGNITUDE) OF THE RESULTANT VECTOR X = -28.8 Y = +51.2 ANGLE TAN-1 (51.2/-28.8) ANGLE = (1800 –60.60 ) = QUADRANT II (-28.8)2 + (+51.2)2 = 58.7 (5) FIND THE ANGLE (DIRECTION) USING INVERSE TANGENT OF THE OPPOSITE SIDE OVER THE ADJACENT SIDE RESULTANT = O

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